Template:Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

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Category Sustained winds Storm surge Central pressure Potential damage Example
Saffir-Simpson Category 1.svg 33–42 m/s

74–95 mph
64–82 knot
119–153 km/h

4–5 ft

1.2–1.5 m

28.94 inHg

980 mbar

No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage.[1] Bess (1974)

Jerry (1989)
Ismael (1995)
Danny (1997)
Gaston (2004)

Saffir-Simpson Category 2.svg 43–49 m/s

96–110 mph
83–95 kt
154–177 km/h

6–8 ft

1.8–2.4 m

28.50–28.91 inHg

965–979 mbar

Some roofing material, door, and window damage. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, etc. Flooding damages piers and small craft in unprotected anchorages may break their moorings.[1] Carol (1954)

Diana (1990)
Erin (1995)
Marty (2003)
Juan (2003)

Saffir-Simpson Category 3.svg 50–58 m/s

111–130 mph
96–113 kt
178–209 km/h

9–12 ft

2.7–3.7 m

27.91–28.47 inHg

945–964 mbar

Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings, with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain may be flooded well inland.[1] Alma (1966)

Alicia (1983)
Roxanne (1995)
Fran (1996)
Isidore (2002)

Saffir-Simpson Category 4.svg 59–69 m/s

131–155 mph
114–135 kt
210–249 km/h

13–18 ft

4.0–5.5 m

27.17–27.88 inHg

920–944 mbar

More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may be flooded well inland.[1] "Galveston" (1900)

Hazel (1954)
Iniki (1992)
Iris (2001)
Charley (2004)

Saffir-Simpson Category 5.svg ≥70 m/s

≥156 mph
≥136 kt
≥250 km/h

≥19 ft

≥5.5 m

<27.17 inHg

<920 mbar

Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.[1] "Labor Day" (1935)

"Mexico" (1959)
Camille (1969)
Gilbert (1988)
Andrew (1992)

  1. ^ a b c d e National Hurricane Center (June 22, 2006). "Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Information". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2007-02-25.